Reviews: What's New This Week

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Here is a look at what's new this week in family entertainment as adapted from reviews and ratings by Common Sense Media. Click on the links to read the reviews in full.


In Theaters: "The Social Network"
A dramatization of the creation of Facebook, "The Social Network" shines a harsh light on founder Mark Zuckerberg and proves that sometimes the bad guy comes out on top. With lots of unethical behavior, crude language and sexual situations, the film is best suited for mature audiences. Rated PG-13, Iffy for kids 14-15

DVD: "Babies"
Four infants from four different parts of the world star in "Babies," a documentary that examines the joys of childhood during the first year of life. With no commentary or subtitles, the film illustrates the very different experiences of children growing up in different cultures. Rated PG, OK for kids 7+

TV: "Teach: Tony Danza"
A seven-part reality series on A&E, "Teach: Tony Danza," documents the former "Who's the Boss?" star's experience as a 10th-grade English teacher at a Philadelphia high school. In the classroom and at home, viewers get a personal look at the challenges and rewards of the teaching profession. Rated TV-PG, OK for kids 12+


Books: "Boys, Bears, and a Serious Pair of Hiking Boots"
A know-it-all teen girl spends her summer rethinking her friendships, her family and her views on conservationism in "Boys, Bears, and a Serious Pair of Hiking Boots." Other than some crude language and one reference to sex, the book is an inspiring and clean read for teens. OK for kids 12+

Music: "Playhouse Disney: Let's Dance!"
Featuring familiar songs with a uptempo beat, "Playhouse Disney: Let's Dance!" will get preschoolers off the couch and on their feet. Kids will learn a lesson or two while enjoying music from such Disney shows as "Mickey Mouse Clubhouse," "Handy Manny," "Imagination Movers" and more. OK for kids 3+

Games: "Haunted House"
For Nintendo Wii, Windows and Xbox 360, "Haunted House" is an adventure game in which players must fight ghosts, monsters and other things that go bump in the night in a mysterious old house. With three difficulty settings, the game is appropriate for varying skill levels and is more spooky than violent. Rated E10+, OK for kids 10+

Web: Stardoll
A site for young fashionistas, "Stardoll" lets users express themselves by creating and dressing up paper dolls, participating in forums and writing stories and blogs. Users under 13 get a "Kid Safe" membership, which prevents them from contributing or accessing user-submitted content. OK for kids 13+

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